In September I promised I would write, giving you an update of all the things that have happened in the last few months involving the club and especially the potential for the delayed AGM. Unfortunately the situation has not improved and it could be argued that matters have got a lot worse, especially with the measures recently outlined by the First Minister. The Management Board will continuously monitor the regulations to see whether the club is able and believes it is safe, to hold a face to face meeting as we move into the new year. As an adjunct to a possible meeting I’m pleased to confirm that the Treasurer, as promised, released the Accounts to the MB, last month. Should any voting member wish to receive a copy please do not hesitate to contact me.
The running of the club has of course continued and it has been necessary to make decisions that would normally be in the gift of the members at an AGM. One such decision was the replacement for Richie Brown as Fourth XI skipper; he decided to step down at the end of last season. On behalf of the club can I thank him for his fantastic commitment and no little skill in steering the side so successfully, just missing out on promotion on a number of occasions. To replace Richie, the club identified the type of person, whose impactful leadership would go a long way in achieving the goal of closing the gap in divisions between the 3rd and 4th XIs. Following a few days of contemplation and making me sweat into the bargain, I’m delighted to announce that the new skipper is Dafydd Marsh. I’m convinced that he will be a wonderful leader on the field as well as a great addition to the selection board. Whilst talking about skippers the Ladies have also made a change: in 2021 Lydia Clements will be in charge. Hopefully next season will see a full Ladies programme and new visitors to Radyr. It goes without saying that both Dafydd and Lydia will require the support of all members and I have no doubt that this will be forthcoming.
The 2021 season is still some five months away but I anticipate receiving the League fixtures by the latter part of this month at the latest. I suspect that they won’t change much from those that were released this time last year. However whether the Covid regulations are still in force when the season begins is anyone’s guess, though the exciting news about vaccines does give hope that a full season might be possible. Again, any significant announcement, will be forwarded to you as soon as the information is received.
For next season whatever the regulations are concerning, sanitation breaks, teas, changing facilities etc, one thing is certain, the First XI will be playing in coloured kit. The only drawback with this change is that in the first year the games will be played with a red ball: however from 2022 this will become orange and mirror the Premier League. Whilst the First Division was mandatory the other divisions were allowed to change but the decision was voluntary. To discuss these issues the skippers met recently and decided, that as this would be a massive upheaval for the club, for the 2021 season, all sides except for the First XI, the Ladies and the Under 19s will play their cricket in whites. The only other significant change that members should be aware of relates to the Third XI, with their games now consisting of 40 overs a side, not the 45 as in the last few seasons. The status quo applies to the others.
The works on the ground and the clubhouse extension are ongoing and they take on a different look every day. Both the squares and outfields, which were reseeded in September, have begun to flourish and I am sure that they will look magnificent when the season begins. The path to the rear of the clubhouse, supplemented by the new fences, has already improved the surface of the outfield at the river end. The rerouting of hundreds of walkers and cyclists has meant that the grass, that was in previous winters constantly churned up, is being allowed to settle as it experiences no traffic whatsoever. Earlier this month new automatic sliding doors were installed as the main entrance to the extension takes shape. Completion should be early next year. Photographs of the new doors and all the other changes to the club can be viewed on the website,For those of you who haven’t visited the site for a while, if ever, I promise you it’s well worth a peek.
Finally I’m delighted that Jon has managed to get a few slots at the Sophia Gardens indoor school and it was great that Rod (Trotter) Lewis and Dave Woolston were seen donning their whites for the first time in quite a while. Hopefully they and the rest of the club will be able to enjoy a full season in 2021 as society puts this terrible disease behind us. Can I on behalf of the MB wish all of you and your families the compliments of the season and the hope that you stay safe.
Christopher Hitchings – Radyr CC Chairman